St Cloud’s RM BBQ Beast opens restaurant after food truck success

If you’ve come to love the food truck, you’ll have to make some extra room in your heart (and stomach). RM BBQ Beast is now a sit-down restaurant, too.

Russ Moss opened the brick-and-mortar RM BBQ Beast at 1100 Fourth Ave. S Suite B on Saturday and will serve up the same barbecue his customers have feasted on at his food truck operated under the same name.

“We wanted to offer the city something that I’ve never seen here,” Moss said.

It was a rush job, completed in less than a month according to Moss, but done with intention: Moss wanted customers to have a sit-down option in the area that people enjoy being in. The restaurant seats about 25 people and is near the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center at SCSU.

The main counter area of ​​the new RM BBQ Beast restaurant is pictured Tuesday, Aug.  2, 2022, in St.  Cloud.

“We’re able to have more of our specials every day that we’re open,” Moss said of the store. Customers can get the same food as at the truck, but more consistently, as Moss rotates through some specials at the truck due to space constraints.

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The restaurant has a “blues and barbecue” theme, decorated with vinyl 45s and posters of musicians wailing away.

Moss has watched both interest in his food truck and his catering business grow since he started out of his food truck last year. He’d like to further expand his catering operation and start going out with his food truck again. He’s temporarily paused serving out of his food truck while he gets the restaurant up and running smoothly, he said.

Photos of menu items are posted on the walls of the new RM BBQ Beast restaurant Tuesday, Aug.  2, 2022, in St.  Cloud.

Moss will also sell his own barbecue seasoning rubs out of his restaurant. He plans to offer a student discount and a veteran discount, as Moss is a veteran himself.

“We want to bring something positive to this area,” Moss said.

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